Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
It is time to move beyond intention into incarnation.
Simply put, it’s time to put your faith into action.
Faith without works is dead.
To be a hearer and not a doer is to be worthless.
For those who follow the Gregorian calendar, today is January 1st, 2018.
For those who follow the Hebrew calendar, it is the 14th of Tevet in the year 5778.
For those who follow Jesus, today is the day that faith lives.
Teach us to number our days, that we might make the most of our opportunities.
I was doing a little spiritual housekeeping this morning on my morning walk by the river.
I decided, since most people recognize this time as a time of new beginnings, that I, too, would hit the reset button.
First, I sought to atone for my sin.
I cannot atone for my sin.
Only the blood of Jesus can atone for my sin.
So I confessed my sins, plead the blood of Jesus and asked for a pure heart and clean hands.
God is just and faithful.
If we confess our sins, He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
I decided to get rid of any baggage that I had unintentionally carried over from 2017.
I prayed that God would not hold the sins of those who had sinned against me against them.
Those who bless me are blessed.
Those who curse me are blessed.
Forgiveness, it is the way of Our Shepherd.
I asked the Lord to remove all bitterness, hurt, wrath and frustration from my heart.
Help me to recognize Your Hand in all that is happening around me.
I gave everything back to Him.
He is the Creator God.
He created the world and everything in it.
Everything belongs to Him.
Everything and everybody.
I own nothing.
So why try to hold onto something and say, “Mine!”?
I give Him my sins.
He washes me clean.
I give Him my burdens.
He bears them for me.
I give Him my cares, my anxieties, my wishes, my dreams.
He takes them all.
And replaces them with His perfect love.
Not my will, but Thine be done.
May you be blessed this year with new eyes and new ears to see and hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
May you be given strength to be bold and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
This is your year to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, Messiah, Holy Anointed One of God.
That is where faith begins.
He is faithful to complete the good work He started in you.
To the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ be the glory, power, and dominion forever and ever, amen.
Happy New Year!